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DT 30089 (full review)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30089

A full review by Rahmat Ali

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This puzzle was published on 10th Sep 2022

BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Kolkata. A brilliant Saturday puzzle from Cephas that I enjoyed solving and thereafter writing a review of the same for your kind perusal and important feedback.

I was aware of Ed, one of the two men forming part of wordplay to the clue of 3a, as a diminutive of Edward, but I was inquisitive this time to know whether it is also a diminutive of other names. A visit to the net confirmed it is. Ed is also the diminutives of Edmund, Edgar and Theodore. While Edward, Edmund and Edgar are derived from old English meaning ‘rich guardian’, ‘rich protector’ and ‘rich spear’ respectively, Theodore comes from ancient Greek meaning ‘gift of God’.

I learnt from the net that transept, the answer to the clue of 23a, has been derived from two Latin words, namely, trans meaning across, beyond or through and septum meaning enclosure or wall.

The habit of randomly going through the dictionary started ever since one was purchased for me for the first time. That happened in 1973 when I was studying in Class VIII. I remember I chanced upon in that dictionary itself the word ‘sadist’, the answer to the clue of 25a, and ‘sadism’ that very year. Never in my life did I forget their meanings. In my early twenties, I became a member of the British Council Library which was a few minutes’ walk from my office. I would often visit the library in the evening after my office hours, but mostly on a Saturday in the afternoon as it used to be a half-day office those days. I have all along been a voracious reader. While going through a book in the library, I soon learnt about Marquis de Sade, a French nobleman from whom both the words ‘sadism’ and ‘sadist’ have come to exist. Not only this, I came across words like ‘masochism’ and ‘masochist’, both derived after an Austrian nobleman with surname Masoch. Masochism is to some extent the opposite of sadism. While sadism is the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering or humiliation on others, masochism is the tendency to derive sexual gratification from one’s own pain or humiliation. Now, after searching the net to know more about these two noblemen, I gathered elements of irony in the derivation of both these words. The full name of Sade was Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. He was also a revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer celebrated for his writings on libertinism. While the known behaviours put together of de Sade significantly depart from the clinical definition of sadism, the words ‘sadism’ and ‘sadist’ are derived only in reference to the works of fiction he wrote which portrayed numerous acts of sexual cruelty. On the other hand, Masoch, whose full name was Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch, was also a writer. He became famous for his romantic stories of Galician life. The terms ‘masochism’ is derived from his name, coined by his contemporary, the Austrian psychiatrist, Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing in his book ‘Psychopathia Sexualis’, because, according to Krafft-Ebing, Sacher-Masoch made a perversion, which up to his time was quite unknown to the scientific world as such, the substratum of his writings. While Masoch did never approve of this use of his name in his lifetime, Krafft-Ebing also refrained from providing the proofs to the public in his.

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3a    Drunk with two men taken along the way, unusually (10)
HIGHJACKED: A charade of HIGH (drunk) as intoxicated by or as if by a drug or alcohol and (with) JACK and ED (two men) as the name of or representing two men, the first being originally a diminutive of John but now a given name and the second a diminutive of Edward takes to the definition of a verb meaning seized control of a vehicle, aircraft or ship during the course of its trip, especially for ransom or political objectives

8a    Four moving about, causing uproar (6)
FURORE: An anagram (moving) of FOUR followed by RE (about) as a commercial jargon used to indicate ‘with reference to’, ‘concerning’ or ‘about’ takes to the definition of an outbreak of public anger or wild excitement

9a    Warn maid with nosh cooked (8)
ADMONISH: An anagram (cooked) of MAID and (with) NOSH guides to the definition of a verb meaning to warn or reprimand someone firmly

10a    Rabble-rouser with odd gait returning roster (8)
AGITATOR: An anagram (odd) of GAIT followed by (with) ROTA (roster) as a list showing the time when each of a number of people has to do a particular job that is coming back (returning) as a reversal in the across clue, taking to the definition of a person who excites, stirs up or urges others to protest or rebel

11a    Drug operation I polished off (6)
OPIATE: OP (operation) as informally referring to a surgical operation, I from the clue and ATE (polished off) as quickly finished or consumed something take to the definition of a drug containing opium or a substance with similar addictive or narcotic properties

12a    Brick tiler crushed in very amusing story (3-7)
RIB-TICKLER: An anagram (crushed) of BRICK TILER guides to the definition of a very amusing joke or story

14a    Make a speedy apology? (7,6)
EXPRESS REGRET: A cryptic way of arriving at the definition of a phrasal verb meaning to have a feeling of sorrow or remorse for a fault, act, loss or disappointment from REGRET as to make a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure (apology) that is EXPRESS (speedy) as operating at high speed

20a    Was different entry included that was diversified in colour? (10)
VARIEGATED: VARIED (was different) as was marked by diversity or difference having a point of entry to or from a space enclosed by walls or GATE (entry) as taken in (included), leading to the definition of a verb in the past tense and passive voice meaning was marked with different colours, especially as irregular patches or streaks

22a    Feel acute embarrassment, His Excellency has court order first (6)
WRITHE: HE (His Excellency) as the abbreviation for His Excellency has WRIT (court order) as a written order issued by a court, by which one is summoned or required to do, or refrained from doing something placed earlier (first), taking to the definition of a verb meaning to suffer emotional or physical distress, as from embarrassment or anguish

23a    Religious wing (8)
TRANSEPT: The definition of the structure denoting the transverse part of a cruciform church that crosses at right angles to the greatest length between the nave and the apse or choir is cryptically arrived at from a part of a large building, especially one that projects from the main part (wing) that belongs to church or speaks of religion (religious)

24a    Appeal to restrict god’s excess (8)
PLETHORA: PLEA (appeal) as a request made in an urgent and emotional manner to confine (restrict) THOR (god) as the Norse god of thunder, the sky and agriculture takes to the definition of a noun denoting over-fullness or excess in any way

25a    Lover of cruelty unhappy first (6)
SADIST: A charade of SAD (unhappy) as feeling or showing sorrow and IST (first) as representing the ordinal number ‘first’ in which I symbolises the Roman numeral for one, leading to the definition of a person who derives pleasure, especially sexual satisfaction, obtained by inflicting pain or suffering on another person

26a    Put one’s foot down (10)
ACCELERATE: If someone puts their foot down on the ‘go faster’ pedal when driving means that they drive as fast as they could that cryptically leads to the verb meaning to begin to move more quickly, especially of a vehicle


1d    Difficult situation in wet low-lying ground (8)
QUAGMIRE: Double definition; the second being a wet, boggy ground that yields, moves or quivers under the feet that leads to the first referring to a difficult, problematic situation

2d    Twelve-inch rung, it might be left in blanket covering the ground (8)
FOOTSTEP: A charade of FOOT (twelve-inch) as a unit of linear measure equal to twelve inches and STEP (rung) as a rung of a ladder guides to the definition of the mark that is made by someone walking each time their foot touches the ground

3d    Feverish man about to have nervous twitch (6)
HECTIC: A charade of HE (man) as a pronoun denoting a male person, C (about) as the abbreviation for the Latin word circa meaning ‘about’ or ‘around’ and TIC (twitch) as a convulsive twitching of certain muscles, especially of the face guides to the definition of an adjective meaning agitated, feverish or rushed

4d    Equipment
that’s changed for hill-climbing? (4)
GEAR: Double definition; the second being the device in a vehicle that is required to adjust at the required time when driving up or down the hill to give it a specified speed or power output lest the vehicle should struggle or even stall that leads to the first referring to an equipment or apparatus that one uses to do a particular activity

5d    Weary end to game after squash rally (8)
JAMBOREE: A combo of BORE (weary) as to weary or annoy with tediousness and E as the final or ending letter (end) to [GAM]E is placed after (after) JAM (squash) as to squeeze or pack tightly into a specified space, arriving at the definition of a large Scout rally

6d    Honest job applicants? Only sixty per cent (6)
CANDID: CANDID[ATES] (job applicants) as persons applying for a job having retained only six of the ten letters (sixty per cent), arriving at the definition of an adjective meaning truthful and straightforward

7d    In corner sat Zachary, substitute (6)
ERSATZ: Part of or hidden inside (in) cornER SAT Zachary guides to the definition of a noun meaning a substitute or a supplementary reserve from which waste can be made good, as in the military

13d    Beam when Sarah turns up with leading lady (5)
LASER: SAL (Sarah) as the diminutive of Sarah via Sally goes upward (turns up) as a reversal in the down clue followed by (with) ER (leading lady) as the abbreviation for Elizabeth Regina, the name taken on by late Queen Elizabeth upon ascending the throne; the word ‘regina’ being the Latin name for queen, arriving at the definition of a narrow beam of concentrated light produced by a special machine that is used for a range of tasks including printing, optical scanning and surgical operations

15d    Postholder? (8)
ENVELOPE: A cryptic way of arriving at the definition of a a flat paper container with a sealable flap, used to enclose a letter or document from a cover (holder) that can keep inside a mail or letter (post)

16d    Blue piece of music, perhaps (8)
RHAPSODY: A cryptic way of leading to the definition of a piece of music written without a formal structure that expresses powerful feelings and emotional excitement from piece of music, perhaps as rhapsody that is blue as feeling or showing sadness or ‘Blue Rhapsody’ that is derived from the 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects, entitled ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

17d    Break in spring found in lock (8)
TRESPASS: SPA (spring) as a mineral spring considered to have health-giving properties noticed (found) in TRESS (lock) as a long lock or piece, strand, tuft or ringlet of hair, providing the definition of a verb meaning to enter unlawfully upon another’s land

18d    Away with learner in charge, resulting in playful behaviour (6)
FROLIC: A charade of FRO (away) as an adverb meaning back, backward or away and (with) L (learner) as appearing in an L-plate each displayed at the front and back of a vehicle denoting a learner driver and IC (in charge) as an abbreviation for ‘in charge’ guides to the definition of a noun meaning a playful and lively movement or activity

19d    Representation in law but not third time (6)
STATUE: STATU[T]E (law) as a law expressly enacted by the legislature is devoid of (but not) the last or third T (third time) as the third of the three Ts present in it; T being the symbol for time in physics, arriving at the definition of a three-dimensional representation usually of a person, animal or mythical being that is produced by sculpturing, modelling or casting

21d    Pass by, do not start to deteriorate (6)
ELAPSE: [R]ELAPSE (deteriorate) as to slide, sink or fall back after a period of improvement, particularly of a sick or injured person without having the initial or starting letter R of the word (do not start to) takes to the definition of a verb meaning to pass or go by silently, especially of time or units of time

23d    Inferior articles given a farewell (2-2)
TA-TA: TAT (inferior articles) as tawdry or shabby articles especially clothes to which is added (given) A from the clue, taking to the definition of a childish and colloquial interjection for good-bye or farewell

There were several clues that I liked in this pangrammatic puzzle such as 3a, 14a, 24a, 26a, 1d, 4d, 5d, 16d and 17d; the topper being 24a. Thanks to Cephas for the entertainment, to BD for the encouragement and to Gazza for the assistance. Looking forward to being here again. Have a nice day.


2 comments on “DT 30089 (full review)
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  1. 3*/4*…..
    liked 6D “Honest job applicants? Only sixty per cent (6)”
    & RA’s dissertation on sadism & masochism !

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